Thursday, May 24, 2012


Image:1 Goldfinger was the first Bond film to win an Academy Award . A  financial success, recouping its budget in just two weeks and is hailed and still being acclaimed as one of the best films in the entire Bond series.
Image:2 Honor Blackman (born 22 August 1925) an English actress, acted as Cathy Gale in The Avengers (1962–64) and as Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger  (1964).

 Image:3 A judo exponent

 Image4: With Patrick McNee in The Avengers' TV series

Image:5 A song she recorded with Patrick McNee in 1964, "Kinky Boots", was a surprise hit, peaking at No.5 in 1990 After her appearance in Goldfinger, she recorded a full album of songs, "Everything I've Got".
{Picture Credits: From Google Images)

Goldfinger was the third film in the James Bond series and also the third to star Sean Connery as James Bond.

Honor Blackman was older than Sean  and at 38 she was the oldest actress ever to play a Bond girl. 

Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore:  Blackman was selected for the role of Pussy Galore because of her role in The Avengers and the script was rewritten to show Blackman's judo abilities Concerned about censors, the producers thought about changing the name to "Kitty Galore", but they decided "if you were a ten-year old boy and knew what the name meant, you weren't a ten-year old boy, you were a dirty little bitch. Blackman took delight in embarrassing interviewers by repeatedly mentioning the character's name. Whilst the American censors did not interfere with the name in the film, they refused to allow the name "Pussy Galore" to appear on promotional materials and for the US market she was subsequently referred to by the title 'Miss Galore'

(all of above info from Wiki) 

(I am taking the stance of reflecting on the sensational Honor Blackman ever aware of the stream of consciousness of the person  and not on a philosophical slant of the prompt, Honor) 

Judo exponent
To show her Judo prowess
Script was adjusted

Her reputation
As Gale in The Avengers
earlier,sealed the deal

As Pussy Galore
Oldest to play a Bond Girl
But no less pretty

On completion she
recorded a full album
"Everything I've Got".

Written for Poets United Think Tank Thursdays with prompt #98- Honor and d'Verse Stream of Consciousness


  1. very cool man...have loved the bond films since i was a little one...and def loved her as well...smiles...nice trib to he...

  2. i could see where her name too might have raised a stink in the media and i wonder if we would have the same reaction today...

  3. I have watched all the Bond films and remember her. What a name at that time ~ She was something else ~

  4. Growing up in England, I used to watch all of the Avengers series. Honour Blackman was fabulous in that. She was the first woman ever on TV to wear black leather and to be shown as good at fighting. Her role in the Bond movie was really good and I'm so glad you've chosen to Honour her here hank!
    Great, happy jog to my memory :)

  5. I never spent much time watching Bond movies or Avenger stuff. But I remember everyone kind of quietly smirking at that name Pussy Galore! I think she was definitely on the cutting edge.

  6. nice one hank...i used to do judo you know..smiles

  7. Wonderful post and haiku. I have always admired her. I met her in the hairdressers a year or so ago in Moraira, Alicante. Still a beautiful warm person.

  8. i always love the Bond Films... thanks for sharing this Pareng Hank!


  9. All the movies I have watched, still seen very little Bond films, I will have to get on that soon.

  10. You remind me of Robert Osborne with your in-depth knowledge of all things cinematic, Fred. I enjoyed both the intro and the poem. Thanks

  11. The Avengers - loved that show! And funny that you should pen this, as I just came across my old copy of Blackman's self defense book the other day. Was happy to find it, as I thought I'd lent it out and lost it long ago. Great, informative post and reflection on Blackman.

  12. I love that she embarrassed the interviewers, as you know I always enjoy women pushing boundaries.

  13. Very nicely done! Absolutely my favorite Bond girl!

  14. Very cool - oops see others said that!
    Well it was, I liked her a lot; the bond movies are addictive. The first of the big time film franchises and they still have that magnetic sex appeal for everyone. Enjoyed it.

  15. Interesting...use of the Haiku form for this prompt. And a great tribute to a feisty lady.

  16. Sean Connery as Bond - I used to yearn for him to ask me on a date...
    Avengers too - brilliant!

    Thanks for the haiku memories.

    Anna :o]

  17. This post takes me back, and I enjoyed going there...